Past Events

IGS End of the Year Celebration

April 25, 2019

Students and faculty involved in Global Education and the International and Global Studies program celebrated the end of the academic year together. International dishes were served and a small ceremony was held to recognize the student workers of IGS and Global Ed as well as graduating seniors of the program.

Dalya's Other Country

April 12, 2019

The International and Global Studies program, in collaboration with the Multicultural Club and Global Education screened the movie Dalya's Other Country. The movie was followed by a panel discussion featuring members of the Multicultural Club.


April 10, 2019

UMF Spanish T.A. Flor taught her last dance lesson. People learned how to salsa! Flor also performed a traditional Argentinian dance with UMF Spanish Professor Steve Wenz. 

Pop of Culture Dance

April 05, 2019

This event was hosted by the UMF Multicultural Club and A.C.E.. The event was free to UMF students and students got to dance to music from around the world.

Peace Corps Presentation - Doug Dunlap

April 01, 2019

Former UMF professor Doug Dunlap came to talk about his time in the Peace Corps. While in the Peace Corps Doug went to the Pacific Islands of Micronesia. Students and community members got to learn about how joining the Peace Corps changed Doug's life.

Welcome IGS Pizza Party

March 19, 2019

A pizza party that was hosted by IGS for IGS majors and minors to meet and get to know each other. Students got to play a Guess Who game in which different celebrities, fictional characters, and political figures were taped on students backs and had to guess who they were by asking "yes" or "no" questions. And after there were team bonding activities played.

Round Table Discussion on Venezuela

March 19, 2019

UMF Students and Faculty came together to discuss the current state of Venezuela. Those on the panel to discuss it were Alana Alvarez (Professor of Spanish in Macon, GA via Skype), Mariana Florencia Villarreal (Spanish TA from Argentina), Steven Wenz (Professor of Spanish), Luke Kellett (Professor of Anthropology), and Milo Fitzgerald (Anthropology Student). Anyone was welcome to come, there were no previous requirements required to attend, all were welcome to come.

BlacKkKlansman Screening and Symposium

February 08, 2019

Friday night students got to attend a screening of Spike Lee's movie BlacKkKlansman. Following the movie, student were encouraged to stay for a panel discussion based on the movie. The next day, a symposium was held on the movie and how race is portrayed in the media.

Chinese New Years Celebration

February 05, 2019

We got to celebrate the Year of the Pig with Chinese games, food, and music! Fun was had by all! Join us next year when we celebrate the Year of the Rat!

International Tea and Coffee Hour

December 07, 2018

UMF International Students and Scholars hosted this event where they made teas and coffees from around the world. Students got to try teas and coffees from China to Spain.

International Bazaar

December 05, 2018

This is an annual fundraiser to help raise money for the Global Ed Fund, a scholarship that goes towards students studying abroad or taking a travel course. Students and staff from UMF as well as people from the local Farmington community, had the opportunity to buy crafts and goods made from all around the world.

UMF Alumni Peace Corps Presentation

December 04, 2018

After graduating from UMF, Elizabeth Ferry, went to Tanzania as a part of the Peace Corps. Hosted by the Office of Global Ed, she got to come back and tell the UMF community about her time in Tanzania.

Refuge Malja ملج

November 18, 2018

"When a Jewish-American war photographer feels compelled to assist a young refugee who steps in front of her camera,  she calls an old friend to translate but hesitates to reveal why she is so drawn to the boy. This poetic, decade-spanning drama explores how we each define and find our own malja (refuge). Affiliate Artist Bess Welden’s Refuge * Malja * ملجأ was developed at the 2017 Little Festival of the Unexpected."


Performed by Portland Stage Company

Portland, Maine

Multi-National Celebration

November 15, 2018

International cuisine was served as well as language lessons from UMF's International Students and Scholars. Students also got to participate in activities hosted by the International Students and Scholars.

Francaphonie Celebration

November 14, 2018

Students got to enjoy an array of entertaining and interactive stands that showcase French-speaking countries and cultures, including info about study abroad opportunities. There was games, crafts, and food from the Francophonie such as poutine, crepes, and chocolate fondue!

Study Abroad Presentations

November 07, 2018

This annual event is sponsored by the Office of Global Education and the UMF Honors Program. Students who have studies abroad, student taught abroad, or went on a travel course get to do a presentation on what they experienced and learned while they were abroad.

Photo Contest

November 07, 2018

In this annual event, students who have studied abroad, student taught abroad and took travel courses can submit up to three photos that they took while abroad. Each first prize winner receives a $50 cash prize and each runner-up receives a $25 cash prize. 

The photo featured here was submitted by Jacob Barker and it was taken in Germany.

Fall Gala

October 25, 2018

The opening of UMF Alumni's Luke Deems photo journal exhibit from Tanzania. Followed by a performance of UMF professor Linda Britt's original play American Dreams. This was a fundraiser to help support the Global Education Fund so that students can travel abroad.

Suggested donations were $10 for the general public and $5 for students.

Tapas on the Terrace

September 22, 2018

A fundraiser to help support the UMF Global Education Fund. For the suggested donation of $25 per person or $50 for an entire family, you can enjoy delicious tapas/appetizers, and tasty drinks (sangria, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic options) among the company of friends, colleagues and neighbors in the beautiful Maine sunshine (hopefully!). Free childcare will be provided on site for children ages 3-12 (arrangements can be made ahead of time for younger children). 

2018 Hong Kong Student Exchange

July 28, 2018

The Office of Global Ed hosted 20 exchange students from Hong Kong for two weeks in late July/early August. These students got to work on their English skills in the classroom and take nature-based science field trips around the state of Maine. Students got to go to Acadia National Park, the Maine Lobster Festival, Koviashuvik, and the Wilton Blueberry Festival.

Body and Sold

April 07, 2018

Location: Emery Auditorium 7:00-9:00 pm

Reading of the play Body and Sold on human trafficking followed by a panel discussion with law enforcement officers, survivors, activists, and service providers.

$8 adult/$4 student

IGS and the Office of International Education

I am Jane Doe

April 06, 2018

Location: Lincoln Auditorium - 6:30-8:30 pm

Screening of the documentary I am Jane Doe which chronicles the epic battle that American waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters on

FREE - Open to the Public

IGS and the Office of International Education

El Norte

February 07, 2018

A movie about immigrants, a teenage brother and sister who escape genocide in Guatemala by fleeing to the United States (“El Norte”). As Roger Ebert wrote, “Their journey begins in a small village and ends in Los Angeles, and their dream is the American Dream.” Nominated for an Academy Award, the film humanizes the immigration story by telling it through the eyes of the siblings. Ebert wrote “El Norte is a great film, one of the year’s best.” Come see why, at 6 p.m. on February 7 in The Landing. In Spanish, with English subtitles.


FREE - Open to the Public

IGS and the Office of International Education

Babette's Feast

February 10, 2018

"Babette’s Feast tells the story of how a refugee transforms a closed religious community by sacrificing all she has to throw a lavish dinner party. Through her radical hospitality, this mysterious woman converts her guests’ deeply held notions of scarcity and judgment and opens them up to give and receive abundant grace. This adaptation re-imagines the story you thought you knew about Babette’s singular feast: deep, funny, dangerous, sensual, and beautiful."


Performed by Portland Stage Company

Portland, Maine​

Human Trafficking Conference

April 07, 2018

Welcome by Moninda Marube, UMF student & human trafficking survivor.

Panel of survivors of human trafficking.

Keynote by Rachel Goble of The Freedom Story on Thai girls escaping trafficking.

Breakout sessions on efforts to fight human trafficking: Activism/Advocacy; Medical Provider Alerts & Services; Public Policy and Legal Reform; Victim/Survivor Services

American Dreams: Immigration Stories play

March 23, 2018

"American Dreams: Immigration Stories," written and directed by Linda Britt, features monologues based on the experiences of immigrants from multiple countries, told in their own voices. The stories focus on different aspects of immigration, from the motives of those who undertook the journey, to the difficulties in the crossing, to their experiences in the United States. Performed by UMF students, staff, and faculty, this event personalizes the immigration experience.

Immigration Discussion Panel

March 05, 2018

UMF faculty, students, and community members participated in an open discussion and learning experience on immigration both in the U.S. and globally. Brought to you by IGS and the Office of Global Education.

Peace Corps Generations

February 28, 2018

Jo Josephson reflects on her time as a first generation Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana from 1963 to 1965.

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